French Open 2022: Alexander Zverev waves goodbye to the group earlier than leaving the court docket.© AFP
Alexander Zverev’s French Open 2022 marketing campaign led to heartbreak as he was pressured to drag out of his semi-final match towards Rafael Nadal at Courtroom Philippe Chatrier on Friday after turning his ankle whereas making an attempt to hit a return. As he tried to play the shot, Zverev screamed in anguish and was instantly down on the bottom, visibly writhing in ache. He was then taken off the court docket on a wheelchair. He returned later to shake arms with the umpire, give a hug to Rafael Nadal after which wave goodbye to the group.
The group gave the German a standing ovation as he waved to them.
Watch: Alexander Zverev will get a standing ovation after withdrawing from French Open semi-final vs Rafael Nadal
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Nadal was main 7-6(10/8), 6-6 when Zverev injured himself.
The Spaniard reached his 14th French Open last, having gained the 13 he had performed in earlier than this yr, as he chases a record-extending twenty second Grand Slam title.
“It is very powerful and really unhappy for him. He was taking part in an unbelievable match and he is an excellent colleague on the tour,” Nadal stated after the match.
“I understand how a lot he is preventing to win a Grand Slam. For the second, he was very unfortunate. I am certain he’ll win not one, however a lot a couple of. I want him all the very best,” he added.
Whereas Nadal was happy at reaching the ultimate of the match he has dominated through the years, he was not completely happy in regards to the circumstances wherein he bought there.
“For me, to be within the last of Roland Garros is a dream, indubitably, however on the identical time, for it to complete that means… I’ve been there within the small room with Sascha and to see him crying like that — I want him all the very best,” Nadal stated.
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